“The idea of Georgia’s accession to the European Union (EU) and NATO is supported by 80% of the country’s population, and it is completely unacceptable to talk about spheres of influence in the XXI century.”
The statement came from Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Lasha Darsalia, commenting on Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s statement that “Russia will consider Georgia’s attempts to forcibly join NATO as a violation of the red line.”
“As you know, the idea of membership in NATO and the European Union has great national support. Over the years, this support has been 80% or more. Accordingly, there is already a consensus in Georgian society. “Georgia, as a democratic country, already considers itself a part of this concrete space, and this is, first of all, a valuable issue for Georgia.”
He also added that it is completely unacceptable to talk about spheres of influence in the XXI century: “In the XXI century, so-called spheres of influence, exclusive zones of different states and so on. Negotiations are completely unacceptable. It only serves to destabilize the international system and disrupt the world order, “the diplomat added.